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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Gwalia Stores

Gwalia Stores (aka 'The Gwalia') was founded in the early 1880s by businessman William Llewellyn and his wife Mary to serve the community of Ogmore Vale. The shop began as a grocery/bakery and later expanded to include ironmongery, drapery, and millinery. The Llewellyn family originally lived above the shop.

Gwalia Stores
The photograph below shows how Gwalia Stores would have looked during the 1920s. 'The Gwalia' remained open until 1973 and was later sold to the Museum of Welsh Life (aka St Fagans National History Museum) in 1988. 'The Gwalia' has been painstakingly reconstructed on its current site in the museum grounds.

Gwalia Stores
Visitors to the Museum of Welsh Life can visit the Gwalia Stores.

The Museum of Welsh Life (St Fagans: National History Museum) is located 4 miles west of Cardiff City Centre, just off the A4232. Visitors to the Museum of Welsh Life may also want to visit nearby Caerphilly Castle, Caerleon Fortress Baths, Caerleon Amphitheatre or Roman Legionary Museum Caerleon.

St Fagans National History Museum
Tel: 029 2057 3500

Museum of Welsh Life Map

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